The Automotive Technologies Department (ATD) located at Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus trains students with hands-on experience in real life situations. SLCC students can arrange to have automotive students work on their cars depending on a few details.
“Automotive students are not trained to do it fast, just do it right, and it takes as long as it takes,” says Dennis O’Reilly, automotive instructor.
Individuals wanting to have work done on their vehicles need to be willing to leave them for as long as the job will take, with an understanding that students will be learning how to repair the vehicle.
Each potential repair depends on a variety of details such as the tools and equipment needed to complete the repair and if they are available to complete the task.
In an effort to keep up with the current technology and industry, the ATD only accepts models manufactured after 1996.
The patrons are charged a $20 lab fee per hour and cost of parts, plus 15 percent. The coordinator will explain charges at the time of scheduling. All vehicles must have a current registration and be legal to drive.
“There are opportunities for students that may fit to save them money on their automobile repairs,” says O’Reilly.
The ATD at Salt Lake Community College teaches a variety of auto repairs. Willing participants can call Rachel Hixon, the automotive scheduling coordinator at 801-957-5396. Hixon will check the schedule of curriculum to see if it is something they can take at the time.